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A Social History of Tea

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AUTOGRAPHED COPY. This is the illustrated - and fascinating - story of tea's incredible influence on western culture over four centuries. Find it in the gift shops at Monticello or Mt Vernon, and better tea shops across North America.

A SOCIAL HISTORY OF TEA - EXPANDED SECOND EDITION

Tea's Influence on Commerce, Culture & Community

 
By Jane Pettigrew & Bruce Richardson

British writer and tea historian Jane Pettigrew has joined forces again with American tea writer Bruce Richardson to chronicle the fascinating story of tea’s influence on British and American culture, commerce and community spanning nearly four centuries. These two leading tea professionals have seen first-hand the current tea renaissance sweeping modern culture and have written over two dozen books on the subject of tea, including the National Trust publication, The New Tea Companion.

 

No beverage has shaped Western civilization more than the ancient elixir - tea. Follow tea's amazing journey from Canton to London, Boston and beyond as these two leaders of today's tea renaissance weave a fascinating story detailing how the leaves of a simple Asian plant shaped the culture and politics of both the United Kingdom and the United States.

CHAPTER HIGHLIGHTS

THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY
First Tea in England * East India Company * America’s Thirst for Tea * Tea Jars & Caddies

THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
Teas for Sale * Tea Smuggling * Tea Etiquette * Liberty Tea * Boston Tea Party

THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
An Empire Built on Tea * Jane Austen’s Tea Things * Afternoon Tea * Glasgow Tea Movement * Tea & Suffrage

THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Teabags * The Tea Room Movement * Wartime Tea * Rise of American Tea Brands * Tea Dances * Specialty Tea

THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
The American Teasmith * Tea & Health * The Starbucks Effect * Culinary Tea

 

“Here is history as it should be written. In a spell-binding way the story skips merrily along while seeming to skip nothing; it moves quickly but never seems to hurry. Any lover of quaint and curious lore will spend happy hours taking instruction from these authors.” –James Norwood Pratt

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